Designed Today

Designed Today
Designed Today brings you insights to help bridge the world of Design & Business. I’ve centered my career on being the bridge between the “design eye” and the “business mind”. Learn how you can improve your design, branding, marketing, and adver

How To Combat Imposter Syndrome // Ep. 63
Nov 19, 2019 • 6 min
Imposter Syndrome. It sucks. And you’re not alone in feeling it.
How To Collaborate More Effectively // Ep. 62
Nov 12, 2019 • 39 min
Danno stopped by to talk collaboration.
Should UX Designers Learn To Code // Ep. 61
Nov 5, 2019 • 5 min
I won’t be the first or last to add my thoughts here, but what I do offer is the pro’s and con’s of this situation and some tips to figuring out where you need to be personally, depending on what you’re trying to achieve.
I Finished My UX Bootcamp, Now What // Ep. 60
Oct 29, 2019 • 52 min
Over the years she and I have both connected with TONS of students who graduate from UX Bootcamps and find themselves stuff not knowing what to do next… Well, listen close cause Sarah has some thoughts for you.
Understanding & Using All Your UX Tools // Ep. 59
Oct 22, 2019 • 2 min
With any new tool, focus on understanding how to use it and the value it delivers. From there you’ll know when its appropriate to pull out which tool for the job.
How to get the most out of your UX Education // Ep. 58
Oct 15, 2019 • 39 min
There is a lot of options for someone wanting to get an education for a career in User Experience.
My UX Wheel Analogy // Ep. 57
Oct 8, 2019 • 2 min
Over the last couple of months, I’ve given this analogy to dozens of UX students trying to understand where they fit into the larger spectrum of building a project at a business.
How UX Must Evolve // Ep. 56
Oct 1, 2019 • 42 min
Joining me all the way from Italy is Debbie Levitt, a UX speaker, trainer, and author. Her newest book titled Delta CX will shake what you think you know about UX and our place within a business.
September Write-In QA // Ep. 55
Sep 24, 2019 • 8 min
Over the last week, I’ve collected a handful of questions sent in from listeners like yourself who just want to hear my take on any given topic. Today on the show we explore some of those questions in hopes to really get to the heart of what you still…
The 3 Core Concepts Of Data Visualization // Ep. 54
Sep 17, 2019 • 34 min
Alli shares her 3 core concepts to getting started in data viz.
Why You’re Struggling To Get A Job In UX // Ep. 53
Sep 10, 2019 • 5 min
I’ve got some tips to get the right feedback after your interviews so you can really know where you can improve.
Flexing Your Creative Muscles // Ep. 52
Sep 3, 2019 • 38 min
My guest on this episode is Grady Kelly, a local fan favorite as he’s very involved…
How To Improve Your UX Meetings // Ep. 51
Aug 27, 2019 • 4 min
Before you walk into your next meeting, you’re going to want to remember these 8 points.
Start Your UX Playbook // Ep. 50
Aug 20, 2019 • 42 min
Creating a product following a UX process isn’t like a recipe in a recipe book, it’s more like a playbook. It’s important to know and understand when it’s appropriate to call a certain play.
Interviewing Do’s and Dont’s // Ep. 49
Aug 13, 2019 • 6 min
In this episode, I’ve got 7 Do’s and Don’ts of UX interviewing, plus a bonus tip and offer, but you’ll need to listen to the end to figure it out.
Working For A Marketing Genius // Ep. 48
Aug 6, 2019 • 28 min
Now while he’d never call himself a designer, he definitely knows what it takes to hire the best teams. Today Alex talks about what he looks for in building world-famous creative teams.
What I Wish You Knew Before I Hired You // Ep. 47
Jul 30, 2019 • 56 min
What I wish you knew before I hired you is more about what’s going on inside your head and your personality or character you’re bringing to the table.
Understanding & Sharing Your Core Narrative // Ep. 46
Jul 23, 2019 • 34 min
3 Important skills for interviewing and integrating into a team include understanding your core narrative, having a balanced presence, and demonstrating your confidence.
A Real Practical Reality // Ep. 45
Jul 16, 2019 • 9 min
I love to sit down with recent graduates of a UX program and hear all about their newfound love and passion for design. More often than not though, I then hear that they’re still looking for a place to apply those skills and things haven’t panned out as…
Designing the UX of You // Ep. 44
Jul 9, 2019 • 41 min
As a UX Designer we spend so much time considering the experience people are having with the things around us, but seldom do we consider the experience people are having with us. Have you designed that experience yet? Have you designed how others are…
How To Get Weekly Feedback // Ep. 43
Jul 2, 2019 • 3 min
You might think you’ve got a handle on what your boss thinks you need to do to improve and get the next promotion, but how often are you getting that signal and feedback? If you’re waiting for a quarterly review, you’re doing it wrong.
I Lost My Job, Now What // Ep. 42
Jun 25, 2019 • 46 min
Getting laid off or fired can be one of the worst experiences you go through in your career, I’m here to tell you however that it only lasts for a moment in time.
The Secret to Interviewing a UX Designer // Ep. 41
Jun 18, 2019 • 6 min
Have you conducted interviews recruiting a new member to your team before? This process can be intimidating.
How To Nail Your Next UX Job Interview // Ep. 40
Jun 11, 2019 • 40 min
Congratulations on making it past the resume round and maybe even a phone interview. The stakes are high and you don’t want to miss out on this UX job opportunity. You’re worried about what to expect at this in-person interview, and maybe a little…
Your 3 Biggest Interview Mistakes // Ep. 39
Jun 4, 2019 • 3 min
After conducting more interviews that I can count, I’ve found a few common themes I wish everyone applying for UX Internship or Associate level positions knew. These themes are backed by so many cringe-worthy stories and experiences. Take these 3 simple…
Inspire the Ultimate UX and Product Management Team Up // Ep. 38
May 28, 2019 • 36 min
On Designed Today we are having twice the fun with both Lauren Treasure and Chantal Ball from Chatbooks. These two are a mighty duo of PM and UX talent
Articulating Your Thoughts // Ep. 37
May 21, 2019 • 7 min
Today I’ve shared with you my 7 tricks for being able to more clearly articulate your thoughts.
The UX of Your Personal Brand // Ep. 36
May 14, 2019 • 36 min
It isn’t enough to have a medium account with 3 or 4 case studies. The person who will hire you next time around isn’t reading them! Instead, let’s focus on the personal brand of you.
A UX Designers Guide to Reading a Room // Ep. 35
May 7, 2019 • 5 min
In today’s rant, I’ve outlined a couple of scenarios we might find ourselves in and how to navigate them. I round off the topic with a quick pro-tip that anyone can use for validating feedback.
5 Mantras of Great UX Writing // Ep. 34
Apr 30, 2019 • 35 min
Many UX designers often shy away from doing too much writing in their design. After all, we are designers, right? Wrong! Lorem Ipsum is only going to get you so far.
A UX Designers Secret Weapon // Rant 13
Apr 23, 2019 • 3 min
Nothing will be handed to you on a silver platter, you’ve got to get up and get after it yourself. Learn to make your own luck.
The 6 Rules to Own Design // Ep. 20
Apr 16, 2019 • 35 min
All the time we are trying to find our ‘angle’ in our professional career. Trying to find a way to really get a grasp and become ‘one of the best’.
The UX Virtue of Patience // Rant 12
Apr 10, 2019 • 5 min
If you’re looking to stand out from your peers, try simply being more patient than your peers. Trust in the process of your own development and know that some things will just come in time.
Passion Finding & Data Viz // Ep. 19
Apr 2, 2019 • 32 min
Where SarahKay Miler may lack what recruiters call “professional experience” she makes up with 10x the life experience that many of us will ever have.
Learn to Love Losing // Rant 11
Mar 26, 2019 • 2 min
It’s been ingrained in us from an early age that failure is bad. Losing is bad. That mindset can be totally toxic.
Tips for your first few weeks on the job // Ep. 18
Mar 19, 2019 • 35 min
On Designed Today Ken Kirkland will share a handful of tips that will help you on your first few weeks of your new job and help you get yourself into the right position for ongoing success.
3 Surprising Outcomes When You Learn To Say Yes // Rant 10
Mar 12, 2019 • 5 min
You will read and hear over and over again the importance of saying “NO” - and for the most part I’ll agree. However, I’ve found 3 surprising outcomes when I’ve taken the risk of saying “Yes”.
Find The Right Mentor // Ep. 17
Mar 5, 2019 • 32 min
Learning how to create a relationship with your mentor that doesn’t feel one-sided will advance your career faster than anything you’ll learn in school.
An NFL Running Backs Secret to Success // Rant 9
Feb 26, 2019 • 3 min
The next time your meeting new people, or at a job interview, don’t try and convince them of the value you have and what you’re capable of. Instead, get about that action!
Pitfalls to Avoid with Your Startup // Ep. 16
Feb 19, 2019 • 45 min
Snowcone shacks can be money pits if time and attention aren’t given to cover your bases, and that’s exactly what we do today.
The Rule of Three // Rant 8
Feb 12, 2019 • 2 min
The “Rule of Three” is simple and easy to begin implementing. If you’re anything like me and love checking items off your to-do list but feel not hitting your goals leaves you unaccomplished, regardless of what you achieved, then try this out!
Soft Skills with UVU UX Students // Ep. 15
Feb 5, 2019 • 79 min
I can’t oversell the value of learning to develop your soft skills in conjunction with hard skills.
Bonus // Design Today Overhaul
Jan 29, 2019 • 2 min
A rebrand of Designed Today and a big thank you to so many helpful friends
The Cost of a Side Hustle // Ep. 14
Jan 22, 2019 • 31 min
Knowing that all things we do have consequences whether good or bad, we’ve got to live with the decisions we make, and keep the priorities in check.
Job Title Patience // Rant 7
Jan 15, 2019 • 6 min
I’m glad you’re excited to be part of the UX industry. Use that passion to continue learning, growing, stretching. Don’t get caught up in the job titles.
A Creatives Mental Health // Ep. 13
Jan 8, 2019 • 32 min
Anxiety, depression, postpartum are all very real things, and all put a major damper on creativity. Some of these topics we cover are things I’ve experienced in my life that I’ve always been too shy to share vocally.
Where to Invest // Rant 6
Dec 4, 2018 • 5 min
I challenge you this month to slow down a bit, use the time off from work and with friends and family to focus on that moment.
How to UX your UX Resume // Ep. 12
Nov 27, 2018 • 58 min
Real simple and practical tips for you to implement today and get your resume prepared for recruiters and design hiring managers.
Apathy // Rant 5
Nov 19, 2018 • 3 min
This rant isn’t about avoiding video games, although for me it was. It’s about the barrier that apathy creates between you and achieving your bigger plans and goals.
Collaborating with the Pivot Podcast // Ep. 11
Nov 13, 2018 • 58 min
Caden Damiano and Cam Sackett reached out to me from the UVU UX Club just down the road from where I live. We got together to talk about some of those soft skills required for job placement post-school.
Difficulty of Applying the Basics // Ep. 10
Oct 30, 2018 • 41 min
On today’s show, we get into the topic of applying the basics in the real world. Sometimes difficult right?
Balancing Acts // Ep. 9
Oct 17, 2018 • 39 min
I met Ben a little over a year ago after following his moves in the industry for some time. I’ve always admired what he does for the creative community here in Utah, hence my surprise when I learned he was leaving.
Balance // Rant 4
Oct 9, 2018 • 5 min
Where’ve I been? I took the summer off. The better question is why. Maintaining balance has always been a struggle, this summer I tried to figure it out and I think it was a success.
Maintaining Creativity // Ep. 8
Jun 26, 2018 • 29 min
This episode has been a long time coming! A couple months back I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and came across some pretty cool things that popped out at me. They all happened to be designed by my friend Marnie Weintz.
Go Get ‘Em // Rant 3
Jun 5, 2018 • 9 min
Today’s rant is less of a rant and more of a positive vibe being sent in the direction of the many UX candidates who I’ve had the opportunity to know over the last month or so.
Whose design is it anyway // Ep. 7
May 14, 2018 • 53 min
I had such a blast with this opportunity to speak at Product Hive. Utah has such an amazing design community that you can join at no cost. This presentation got really technical, but for those who can speak mobile app design, you’ll be able to get some…
Deploy Empathy // Rant 2
Apr 30, 2018 • 4 min
Over the last couple weeks, I’ve discovered a concept that I’ve finally been able to put into words. This is something I feel I lacked as a new designer who was coming from the business world where the books either balanced or they didn’t. There was…
Beautifully Simple Apps // Ep. 6
Apr 24, 2018 • 44 min
Back on the show is my friend Jacob Jorgenson, a designer turned iOS developer. We got on a subject today we are both passionate about which is app simplicity.
Less Micromanaging, More Creativity // Rant 1
Apr 4, 2018 • 2 min
Today I’ve got a little rant for you. Something I hear quite often is how “micromanaged” designers feel. It’s something I dealt with early in my career. I’ve got a few suggestions for you to get past it.
A Unique Breed // Ep. 5
Mar 28, 2018 • 31 min
What an amazing opportunity it was to be invited to speak on campus as an Alumni at BYU-Idaho.
Utah Warriors Rugby Branding // Ep. 4
Mar 20, 2018 • 32 min
Utah is getting a professional Rugby team and my guest today, Billy Racule, has had the special opportunity to design for the new organization.
A Designers Personal Branding // Ep. 3
Mar 14, 2018 • 31 min
Designed Today’s guest is Josh Winspear, my older brother. A transplant here to Utah.
Vero App // Ep. 2
Mar 7, 2018 • 39 min
Have you heard of Vero? It’s a new app trending on top charts and gaining a lot of attention, for better or worse.
Ep.1 – Designed Today
Feb 21, 2018 • 12 min
This is it! I’m excited to announce give you the very first episode of Designed Today, a series on blending the worlds of business and design.